Sunday, August 20, 2006

Boomer Chick is Going on a Road Trip

In two weeks, I'm going to be hightailing it to the Great Smokies. It's a ten hour trip with my daughter (28), son (23), friend of daughter (29) and myself (50-something). Now do you see a problem with those numbers? Not me because I'm going to have the most fun of my life and dragging the whippersnappers to so many places, they're going to think their mother has disappeared and the Energizer Bunny has taken over her body.

I've done this road trip two times before - once with my adopted daughter and the following year with the same gang I'm taking in two weeks. That trip was rushed...we were determined we were going to see the Smokies all in one day, spend the night, and then get up the next morning and go home. Didn't work quite so efficiently but we still got in some pretty good sights. Didn't get to Dollywood, but opted to go trail-blazing instead.

Now, trail-blazing can be simplified by saying a trail already pathed out by millions of visitors that visit the Smokies each year combined with scenery that will just make your mouth drop. No rugged terrains, but I have to admit I was out of breath a couple of times there.

Here's one of the pictures taken from that trip...absolutely beautiful...

And here's another...not real clear...of the boomer chick in front of the Smokey Mountain National Park Visitor Center:

So, anyway, I'm psyched. I'll have pictures from this upcoming trip to show you, too.

Now, the thing that is stressing Boomer Chick to the point where there's one too many grey hairs sprouting is that to get from Virginia to Tennessee, you have to go up, then down. Is there any rationality to that? It would make more sense to me to go straight across the state, then into Tennessee, wouldn't it?

But, have to go all the way up through Norfolk, Williamsburg, Richmond, Charlottesville, then Front Royal. Then you go down....

Just doesn't make sense to me. I think the guy who designed the road systems must have been on drugs or worked for the gas company. Arrggg....


  1. You could set out on foot with a compas but it might take you longer than the other way. I am always amazed at the difference in air miles between places & what I end up with traveling the roads. They don't make them in a straight line. I guess they have to follow river valleys, mountain passes, etc. Anyway your trip sounds wonderful & I'll look forward to seeing more photos of that beautiful area. Have fun!

  2. I know what you mean! I drove all the way across Virginia three times this summer. All the interstates are laid out diagonally in that state. At one time the roads were combined so you were going on I-81 south and 1-something else North at the same time! Anyway, to get from DC to Kentucky, you have to drive into Tennessee. That CERTAINLY doesn't make any sense!


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